U.S. sees daily COVID-19 cases below 50,000 for 7 days after summer surge

US Materials 23 August 2020 07:26 (UTC +04:00)
U.S. sees daily COVID-19 cases below 50,000 for 7 days after summer surge

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 46,754 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, marking the seventh consecutive day the daily count fell below 50,000 since Aug. 16, Trend reports citing Xinhua.

It is the first time that daily cases have dropped under 50,000 for a whole week since summer outbreaks from July.

"I think we're seeing progress over the last four weeks, I hope that progress will continue, but I think none of us should turn away from the recognition that it's key each of us recognize we want to make sure COVID stops with us," said CDC Director Robert Redfield on Friday.

"This week, for the first time in more than two months, all our major COVID-19 metrics improved at the same time," said a new report of The COVID Tracking Project.

Tests rose as cases fell - a strong indication that COVID-19 transmission across the country may be decreasing, according to the report.

Hospitalizations fell for the third week straight, but deaths remained above 1,000 a day on average. Nationally, the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 is down more than 27 percent from the peak on July 23, said the report.

Amid positive trend at the national level, experts remain concerned that many Midwestern states are seeing cases rise.

There are more than 10 states reporting growing cases, based on a seven-day moving average to smooth out daily reporting, according to a CNBC analysis. Many of the states are in the Midwest, including Iowa, Kansas, Illinois, North Dakota and South Dakota.